Sunday, October 26, 2008

Rube Tube

This post will be less about American Dream #1 - owning one's own home, than about American Dream #2, having one's own television show.

Remember back in the good old days when conservatives with out-sized personalities made a career for themselves in show business first before going into politics? Think Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sonny Bono and that Law & Order guy.

These days, it seems to be done in reverse. They go into politics as a springboard for their entertainment ambitions.

I wasn't the least bit surprised when it was announced that Mike Huckabee would be joining Fox News. I thought he was a natural (and actually, from the beginning I suspected his candidacy was really about his show biz ambitions.)

But then there was this article in Thursday's Hollywood Reporter:

Sarah Palin: Future Media Star

If you don't want to read the whole thing, let's just say it's about how to best mold a show business career for Sarah Palin in the likely event that she doesn't get the job of waiting to take over the reins of the most influential nation on the planet.

Something tells me this is what she's been waiting for all her life. She said she never had a moment's hesitation before accepting the invitation to become the running mate. No hesitation at all? Not even a little? But now it makes sense. Why would she hesitate? She never seriously believed her team could win. The way she's veering from the headliner's message, it looks like she's really in this for herself and the promise of a long and happy career on Fox.

Is it just me or does it seem that the neo-cons are plotting world domination via cable TV?


modernemama said...

At least the TV comes with an off switch - the Presidency doesn't.

Why S? said...

MM - You're right. The problem is the audience for these shows won't be switching them off. But better they're on TV than in the Oval Office.

Jean Martha said...

that handbag her kid was carrying was a knock off. total copyright infringement.

Why S? said...

Thanks for the link. This story gets better all the time.